Public Health Portal

Public Health Portal 3[credit]

Asset: Facility
Trash: 2
Influence: ○○○○

When your turn begins, reveal the top card of R&D and gain 2credit.

Hyoubu is our vanguard in the battle for hearts and minds.
Illustrated by Krembler Iain Fairclough
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In my experience it's hard to justify this card in a deck. If you're playing it in a non-Hyoubu Institute: Absolute Clarity deck you're down one credit when you rez it, putting you in a similar spot as PAD Campaign, but you end up with an asset with a lower trash cost and that provides the runner with a free Corporate Defector, more or less. 2 credits is nothing to sneeze at and the Runner will likely know this, so you'll probably need to put this behind some good cover otherwise they'll trash it and you'll have lost an asset and paid a credit for the privilege. A bit risky - probably won't see this card in the other factions' decks.

Within Hyoubu Institute: Absolute Clarity you break even on the rez and from then on it's 3 credits a turn. Not bad at all! That's Daily Quest territory, and like that card this one also requires a good amount of protection and forethought. However, it also comes with a bit of anti-synergy with some of the other tools Hyoubu has at it's disposal. Celebrity Gift, Drudge Work, Hyoubu Institute: Absolute Clarity's own ability, and others stop generating that extra credit since it gets used by Public Health Portal's passive. The trade-off sort of works - you'll only play so many Celebrity Gifts or Attitude Adjustments in a game after all. But there's always the variable of your draws being slowly revealed to the Runner, which can really screw over your plans if the Runner is attentive enough.

(System Update 2021 era)

An asset with a rez cost of 3 and trash cost of 2 is very hard to keep alive. You lose more tempo rezzing this than they do trashing this*, and Jinteki players tend to be poorer, so you're the least able to waste money on inefficient cards. This may have been playable if it had cost 1 in line with Daily Quest and Wall to Wall, or even 0 because revealing a card each turn is costly.

Adding insult to a terrible card, Personalized Medical Portal came out with Daily Quest, which produces more money, has a much lower rez cost, doesn't reveal the top card of R+D, and costs enough influence that Jinteki usually can't run it.

*Let's say you spend an action playing and rezzing a PHP, and collect on it once. You are down 1 card, 1 click, 1 R+D card revealed, and down -$1. The runner uses Dirty Laundry and trashes it, and now they are down 1 card, 1 click, and up +$1. Their card is just better than your card. (If you had been using PAD Campaign instead, you'd be even on the exchange and not reveal a card). This puts you in a very awkward position where this card needs an ice or an ID ability to protect it, but Jinteki doesn't have an ID that protects assets and it's hard to come up with the money to ice up a card with an initial return-on-investment this bad.

Jinteki economic assets continue to be worse than all of the other factions, and also worse than neutral.

(System Update 2021 era)